Travelling Avant

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Set in post-WW II France, this film stars Fremont and de la Brosse as two film buffs who meet at a screening. De la Brosse is a womanizer from a wealthy family whose true ambition is to become a director; Fremont is poor, from the countryside, and more interested in film study and writing. Together they meet Glass, a fellow cineaste who knows a way to sneak...read more

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Set in post-WW II France, this film stars Fremont and de la Brosse as two film buffs who meet at a screening. De la Brosse is a womanizer from a wealthy family whose true ambition is to become a director; Fremont is poor, from the countryside, and more interested in film study and writing.

Together they meet Glass, a fellow cineaste who knows a way to sneak into a warehouse full of old films. The three plan to start a movie club with films taken from the warehouse, but their first attempt goes bust. Moreover, de la Brosse has already begun to leave Fremont behind while ingratiating

himself into jobs at a film studio. Tensions between the two are further heightened when de la Brosse beds Glass, and Fremont throws himself into a frenzy of filmgoing, seeing something like 75 movies in a month. When de la Brosse leaves Glass for a woman who will do more for his career, Glass

attempts suicide. In nursing her back to health, Fremont falls in love with her and she with him. De la Brosse couldn't be happier. As the film closes, the three, friends again, are heading for a film festival in the south--where, the narrator tells us, Truffaut was also in attendance.

To anyone not as dedicated to film as the characters in TRAVELLING AVANT, these people must seem terribly self-absorbed. Fremont's character, in particular, is almost utterly removed from the real world--jobless and bounced from room to room, he wanders the streets wearing five sweaters and

carrying a suitcase full of movie magazines. In the end, though, TRAVELLING AVANT is his film, and the fact that he finally gets the girl and manages to maintain his obsession with cinema is what gives the film its happy ending. Director Jean-Charles Tacchella, best known for his 1976 hit COUSIN,

COUSINE, is obviously part of the generation he dramatizes here, but strangely (and probably mercifully) he restrains himself from using the flashy jump cuts and split screens that characterized much New Wave filmmaking. TRAVELLING AVANT is not for everyone but a must for film buffs--along with 74

others per month.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Set in post-WW II France, this film stars Fremont and de la Brosse as two film buffs who meet at a screening. De la Brosse is a womanizer from a wealthy family whose true ambition is to become a director; Fremont is poor, from the countryside, and more int… (more)

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